Adjunct in Connecticut Apologizes for Remarks That Angered Republicans

Brent Terry, an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Connecticut State University, on Tuesday apologized for comments he made in a creative-writing class that angered Republicans in the Legislature, The Day reported.

Campus Reform, an advocacy group that has become known for posting recordings of professors’ comments online, obtained an audio recording of Mr. Terry’s classroom remarks. In urging his students to vote in the coming elections, he said, “it’s absolutely possible that the Republicans wi…


U. of California to Pay Surgeon $10-Million in Whistle-Blower Case

The University of California has agreed to pay $10-million to a former chairman of orthopedic surgery at the University of California at Los Angeles to settle a case of alleged retaliation against a whistle-blower, the Los Angeles Times reported. The surgeon, Robert Pedowitz, had alleged that UCLA’s medical school allowed doctors to take industry payments that may have compromised patient care.

In a lawsuit that named UCLA, the university system’s regents, and others as defendants, Dr. Pedowitz …


Who’s Looking for College-Educated Workers?

Report: “The Online College Labor Market”

Authors: Anthony P. Carnevale, Tamara Jayasundera, Dmitri Repnikov

Organization: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Summary: The paper uses data from Burning Glass Technologies to analyze the demand for college-educated workers in different occupations and industries.


  • More than 80 percent of job openings for workers with at least a bachelor’s degree are posted online, while less than half of advertisements for workers …

American U. Investigates Underground Fraternity Emails That Sparked Uproar

The university is looking into possible student misconduct after a series of emails and other documents containing slurs and references to sexual assault were leaked online and cited in an article in the student newspaper. The messages angered many on the campus.

The messages refer to a group that calls itself Epsilon Iota, which is not a recognized fraternity at the university. Epsilon Iota was the name of a university chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity that was shut down 13 years ago for alcohol-related and other problems.

On Monday, AU President Cornelius M. “Neil” Kerwin said in a statement to the campus community that “harmful behaviors” depicted in the e-mails “not only conflict with our values and standards, but also may represent breaches of our student conduct code and of the law.”

Kerwin pledged “swift and deliberate action” to investigate. He said AU would apply its student conduct code “to its fullest extent” and cooperate with law enforcement if any crimes are uncovered.

“This situation cannot be viewed as an isolated set of circumstances,” Kerwin said. “It raises broader concerns about student conduct and high risk and harmful behaviors. Over the ensuing weeks and months, we will review with the community the steps we have taken to educate and address such issues and solicit ideas about what else might be effective in curtailing dangerous, damaging and illegal behaviors.”

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Former Member of Radical Group Will No Longer Teach at U. of Illinois

James W. Kilgore, a former member of the radical group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army, will no longer teach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after the university told him that it would not renew his contract, The News-Gazette reported.

Mr. Kilgore was arrested in South Africa in 2002 and served six years in prison for his involvement in a 1975 bank robbery that killed a customer. Mr. Kilgore has been a part-time, non-tenure-track lecturer on the Urbana-Champaign campus …


Pasadena City College Blames ‘Errors’ for Commencement-Speaker Dispute

A Pasadena City College official on Monday apologized for what he called “errors in following procedure” that led to a controversy over the California institution’s commencement speaker.

The college’s student newspaper reported last week that Dustin Lance Black, an alumnus who won an Academy Award in 2009, had been disinvited as the institution’s commencement speaker after the board learned that explicit photos of him had previously surfaced on the Internet. The college said that Mr. Black had…


Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Ban on Race-Conscious Admissions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s voter-approved ban on racial preferences in college admissions, reversing an appeals court’s 2012 decision that found the ban to be unconstitutional.

Tuesday’s decision in the case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (No. 12-682), concerned a dispute over a ballot measure called Proposal 2, which voters passed in 2006 and which barred the use of race-conscious college admissions by the state’s public colleges.

A divided federal …


Chapel Hill Researcher at Center of Turmoil Over Athletes’ Literacy Resigns

Mary C. Willingham, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill instructor whose data about the poor reading skills of some college athletes became a new flashpoint in a long-running academic-fraud scandal at the university, is resigning at the end of the semester, two North Carolina newspapers reported.

Ms. Willingham confirmed her resignation in an email to the News & Observer, in Raleigh, but said she could not provide details until after she had posted grades for her students and had tal…


7 Senators Call for Steps to Improve Colleges’ Handling of Sexual Assaults

A bipartisan group of seven U.S. senators is calling on the White House’s task force on campus sexual assaults to adopt three reforms that they say will improve how colleges respond to cases of sexual violence.

In a letter released by the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, the lawmakers asked the U.S. Department of Education to designate one employee to coordinate enforcement of the Clery Act, the federal campus-crime-reporting law, and Title IX of the Education Amendments …


Pension-Law ‘Glitch’ Could Prompt Retirement Wave, U. of Illinois Warns

University of Illinois system officials are seeking a legislative fix for what they are calling an “unintended glitch” in the state’s new pension law, warning that faculty members and employees could retire en masse by the end of June over looming reductions in their retirement benefits, The News-Gazette reported.

The university said its Board of Trustees had directed its president, Robert A. Easter, to work with other public universities and the legislature to amend the law.

“Right now people a…